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Unlearning Eugenics: Sexuality, Reproduction & Disability Rights in Post War Europe

When:We 11-12-2019 16:15 - 18:00
Where:Courtroom, Faculty of Theology & Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38 Groningen

Prof. dr. Dagmar Herzog, of City University New York, has published many books on sexuality, religion and secularism in post-war Europe, with a focus on Germany. During the lecture she will talk about her latest book "Unlearning Eugenics".

Bringing together the latest findings in Holocaust studies, the history of religion, and the history of sexuality in postwar—and now also postcommunist—Europe, Unlearning Eugenics shows how central the controversies over sexuality, reproduction, and disability have been to broader processes of secularization and religious renewal.

Herzog also restores to the historical record a revelatory array of activists: from Catholic and Protestant theologians who defended abortion rights in the 1960s–70s to historians in the 1980s–90s who uncovered the long-suppressed connections between the mass murder of the disabled and the Holocaust of European Jewry; from feminists involved in the militant “cripple movement” of the 1980s to lawyers working for right-wing NGOs in the 2000s; and from a handful of pioneers in the 1940s–60s committed to living in intentional community with individuals with cognitive disability to present-day disability self-advocates.

Prof. Todd Weir, Professor of History of Christianity and Modern Culture, and Dr Kim Knibbe, associate Professor of Sociology and Athropology of Religion with a focus on gender and sexuality, will be respondents to her lecture.